What is connection cables and drivers


I am unable to get the computer to recognize my CD drives. Also possibly related to the problem is: I cannot get my Windows media player to come up.

I discovered the problem when attempting to burn backup files. I also tried to re download the media player 9 and it didn't help.

Can you help? I do not want to reformat the computer as I just did that to eliminate a worm or virus. Yes I installed the MS fix for the "Blaster" before loading all my programs.


This question was answered on September 6, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


One of the first things you should check is the power and IDE cables connected to your CD ROM drives Make sure they are firmly seated in to the Drives and that the power connectors are connected And lastly check the jumper settings of the Drives Once that is done During your boot up process you can see if the drives are deteced by your computer If you do not see that coming up for some reason such as a spalsh screen provided by the manufacturer of the computer you could also look at the drive lights as the computer is coming on to see if they blink The drives should blink during boot up when the computer is going throught he power on self test Now if those light up or you see the drives detected on your screen during startup that means they are getting power Now go in to your operating system and see if it picks up on the devices If not check to see if you have the drivers / software that might have came along with the CD ROM devices If so, install those and that should fix it

I hope this has helped you

Good Luck

- stanley alexander

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 6, 2003